Phnom Penn – The Hearth of the Magical Kingdom of Cambodia
The magical kingdom of Cambodia casts a spell on almost every visitor with its confounding, yet charming spirit and history both depressing and inspiring. Although widely known and famous for its temples, this country is more than that. The largest city and the capital of Cambodia is Phnom Penh. With its lush location on the banks of the mighty Mekong river, Phnom Penh is an exotic and yet undiscovered gem of Asia. This crossroads of the past and present of Asia that never fails to captivate is the city of extremes.
In last few years many hotels emerged in this lively and attractive city, but Phnom Penh guest houses are still the most popular amongst tourist from all around the world. The first impression of many tourists which do not come from Asia is that this city is an assault on all the senses. Noisy motorbikes ride widely without even thinking about pedestrians, commercial sounds and scents float up from markets and stalls, everything is a part of the attraction and unique identity of this city. For people seeking for something different and adventurous, Phnom Penh is not just another metropolis. In some areas infrastructure is still lacking and it is possible to find dust and rubbish, as well as touts and beggars in secondary streets. Although traffic could be risky like elsewhere in Asia, it is not as dangerous as in some other metropolis such as Ho Chi Minh or Bangkok.
Phnom Penh, as well as all parts of Cambodia, could be visited any time of year, but the ideal months with relatively low humidity levels are December and January. Travelers should keep in mind that these months are peak season when this city is crowded with majority of visitors. Even though many visitors expect Phnom Penh to be dangerous place and armed robberies do occur from time to time, statistically very rarely tourists are the victims.